Still Mountain Healer School for Craniosacral Studies
Rooted in Heartful Presence
Still Mountain Healer School for Craniosacral Studies offers an integrative and comprehensive approach to modern day Craniosacral Work – uniting the Visionary approach, Biodynamic, functional and mechanical approaches and weaving in integral tools of Mindfulness, Awareness, Nervous System Regulation and personal evolution and development.
WHO ARE WE?
Based on our philosophy that building a strong foundation creates a stable base from which to safely open to the magic and profundity of Craniosacral Work, our program offers a high quality balanced approach.
Our instruction includes in-depth anatomy and physiology, precision of technique and various approaches to applying technique, the cultivation of channels of perception and intuitive gifts, practitioner preparation and safety, communication skills, and ethics.
We emphasize the practice of cultivating Stillness and an unwavering compassionate presence so we can hold a grounded and steady space for our clients to deepen into themselves and their process.
Our intention is for individuals (students, practitioners and clients) to find deep peace, ease and connection within themselves – a coming home – moving into wholeness - our natural state.
Our classes are supportive and empowering. Each student is given individual attention, guidance and mentorship.
Still Mountain Healer offers several programs to meet your needs as an evolving healer.
We offer individual classes (link to courses), spacious retreats (link to retreat page), mentorship (link to mentorship page) and a certificate program (link to certificate page).
Our classes are suitable for manual therapist, acupuncturists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, chiropractors, physicians, midwives and doulas.
Regina Callahan is an NCBTMB Approved Provider offering Continuing Education for LMTs
Who Is Regina Callahan
Regina Callahan is the director of Still Mountain Healer School for Craniosacral Studies which she founded in 2018.
It is the culmination of over 3 decades of passionate studying, practicing, teaching and listening to inner guidance. Her work and teaching employ 4 strong yet fluid and flexible pillars that form the "automatic suspended shifting fulcrum" (1) foundation of her work - Craniosacral Work, Orthopedic Massage/manual therapies, Meditation and Nature.
Regina discovered the Upledger Institute in 1990 and began her studies of Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. She delighted in learning the subtle physiology and energies of the body as well as learning to gently work on the deepest structures of the body.
She felt that she arrived “home” with her training in Visionary Craniosacral Work® (VCSW®) with the Milne Institute. She completed her certification in 2000 and went on to become an instructor of VCSW®.
Regina has been greatly influenced by her 18 years of working side by side with Hugh Milne teaching Visionary Craniosacral Work® with the Milne Institute.
Regina has shared VCSW ® with students in Portland, OR, Vashon Island, WA, Austin, TX, Arcata, CA, Upper Peninsula, MI, the Jersey Shore and Kinston, NJ, Tuscany, Italy and in her now hometown of Bend, OR.
Taking a deep dive into her relationship with the Breath of Life, Regina is also a graduate of the Biodynamic Cranial Touch/ Stillness Touch program (the work of Charles Ridley) under the mentorship of Giorgia Milne.
In 2001, Regina spent a delightful year of immersion reawakening and nurturing her skills of perception with Intuitive Anne Armstrong.
The opportunity to study under other world renowned Craniosacral teachers - Benjamin Shield, Charles Ridley, Alan Gehin, Frank Lowen, Gail Wetzler, and Kerry D'Ambrogio - has informed Regina's approach to her work and her teaching.
Orthopedic Massage/Manual Therapies
In 1989 Regina completed a 200 hour Orthopedic Massage Certification with Tom Hendrickson, D.C. which gave her a solid foundation in understanding clinical approaches to working with clients with injuries or chronic pain. She continued her studies with Dr. Hendrickson, acquired certification as an instructor with the Institute of Orthopedic Massage (currently called the Hendrickson Method), and taught at the Institute in Berkeley for 12 years.
She complemented her studies with a three year training in Somatic Education with Randy Cherner. Somatic Education is a Feldenkrais based movement modality integrated with intuitive Craniosacral Work. Here she found the tools to help clients release habitual patterns of movement and posture that might lead to chronic pain and tension.
Regina feels that for her the perfect complement to Craniosacral Work is 'The Way of Liberation" - the teachings of Adyashanti - a non-dual spiritual teacher. His teachings resonate deeply with Regina The practices of meditation and self-inquiry bring her into a grounded and compassionate state of BEing. This is a deep and rich place from which to apply Craniosacral Work. Regina continues to deepen her journey under the guidance of Sharon Landrith - a teacher in the lineage of Adya.
Regina feels most alive in the wilds - hiking, cross country skiing, biking, kayaking or just sittin' on a rock by the river.
She was a river guide for many years for Friends of the River - an environmental non-profit. Here she guided participants down rapids, and taught them about the importance of preserving the wilderness. She also taught new river guides the subtleties of reading the rapids, how to navigate and how to remain calm in emergencies.
She has been infused by the stillness and aliveness of the mountains, the sounds of the birds, drinking in the beauty of the trees and wildflowers and the mind of nature.
A little bit more...
Always interested in self evolution ( as well as the evolution of planetary consciousness), Regina has in-depth study and experience with Non Violent Communication (the work of Marshall Rosenberg), Anusara Yoga, Mindfulness tools and practices.
and a bit more...
Regina has taught a variety of classes throughout her years in her role as teacher - Craniosacral Therapy (VCSW® and other varieties), Orthopedic Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Ethics, Yoga and Mindful Stress Management.
As an Approved Provider for the NCBTMB (National Board of massage therapy) Regina offers a variety of advanced bodywork seminars for continuing education hours.
Regina likes to offer classes of a smaller size - to create an intimate setting allowing for one-on-one guidance and the "transmission" of this profound work. Her classes offer a balanced approach of left brain/right brain/integration - endeavoring to reach students from their particular learning style. She offers a grounded and welcoming approach that allows students to relax. She loves to point students toward their own unique gifts and skills so that these gifts can be cultivated and shared with the world.
1: Automatic shifting fulcrums: a term coined by W. G. Sutherland DO to denote natural organizing fulcrums within the human system. These fulcrums are concentrations of potency (embodied ordering forces), which maintains overall tissue organization throughout life and orients tissue form and motility to the primal midline. Automatic shifting fulcrums naturally shift within the cycles of the fluid tide as part of mid-tide dynamics. As the natural fulcrum shifts, the related tissue field shifts in resonance.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
— Michael H.
"Regina is a gifted healer and teacher. She understands the essence of healing and craniosacral therapy. I recommend Regina for students who are serious about learning the core dynamics of craniosacral therapy and healing. She will teach everything you need to know as a healer and guide you to awaken the healer within you. This school is a beautiful gift and opportunity."
Elizabeth McClain DO(MP)/DScO, CMT, and BA in Dance is very happy and excited to finally teach with her mentor and friend, Regina Callahan. Regina and Elizabeth began dreaming up ways to teach together as early as 1999. While Elizabeth loves the nerdiness of anatomy and biomechanics, she also loves to help students feel what is happening in their hands and teach how to support the person on the table. Along the way, she has taught Hendrickson Method Orthopedic massage as a lead teacher, and/or an assistant teachers for more than 8 years total. Additionally, she had also taught Soul Listening classes, Chi Gung and Tai Chi, Anatomy and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists, substitute taught Reclaiming Our Bodies Awake an interdisciplinary dance arts program. Elizabeth is continually amazed at the interweaving of the human body, mind, emotions, and spirit and honored to be allowed to witness the journey of Life.
Jenny DeDecker, Instructor at Still Mountain Healer School of Craniosacral Studies; is owner of Full Moon Rising, a wellness studio in Norway, MI, where she offers bodywork, yoga and meditation instruction, and doula and lactation services.
She has been a student of Craniosacral Work for over a decade and teaching next to Regina since 2007. Jenny has been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years and is currently completing her M.S. in Mind-Body Medicine, transitioning into the PhD program in the fall of 2019. Jenny has a passion for teaching compassionate care and mindfulness, advocating for a kinder world.